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The birthday boy Jürgen Wördehoff in his element. © Archive
Jürgen Wördehoff celebrates his 85th birthday. The legend of the Königsdorf-Wiesen gliding centre led the club to its current size.
Königsdorf – Jürgen Wördehoff, a legend of the Königsdorf gliding center, celebrates his 85th birthday this Wednesday.
4000 hours in the cockpit: Jürgen Wördehoff, a legend of the gliding center, celebrates his 85th birthday
Wördehoff began his active career in 1959 with the student flying community of the State School of Engineering in Hagen, says Mathias Schunk, press officer of the gliding center in Königsdorf-Wiesen. After completing his mechanical engineering studies, he came to Munich in the early 1960s. Wördehoff was initially an employee of the Entwicklungsring Süd, the forerunner of Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm, later Dasa, Eads and finally Airbus. As a member of the management team at the Ottobrunn site, his professional focus was on the development of tank systems, in particular cooperation with American companies for refueling aircraft in the air.
In 1960, young aviation enthusiasts from the Entwicklungsring Süd had founded the EWR aviation sports group, they wanted gliding. Wördehoff, a member since 1963, was soon elected chairman. In 1968, the EWR flying group became a member of the Haltergemeinschaft Flugplatz Königsdorf.
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As chairman of the BGB Society of the Königsdorf glider airfield, Wördehoff's voluntary commitment began in 1977. The repayment of the loans for the purchase and expansion of the moor meadows into a glider airfield had to be mastered. He was able to exchange plots of land thanks to his good contacts with the farmers. In 1995, Wördehoff became chairman of the owners' association of the six clubs with 350 members, he remained so for 14 years. He was a member of the organizing team at the popular airfield festivals with up to 10,000 visitors. Organization and sports management for competitions and championships were a matter of honor for him.
The involvement of young people was a matter close to his heart. Up to 70 children accepted the annual invitation to the taster day. Wördehoff was also active in the Bavarian Air Sports Association for a long time. He received the Golden Badge of Honour in 1985 and is still an honorary member today. In 1990 he was even awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The Bad Heilbrunn native undertook his last flight as pilot-in-command in 2014 – it lasted over three hours. In total, Wördehoff can look back on 4000 flight hours. Red
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